Honda Announces New City Sedan in India, Previewing U.S.-Bound Model
During a world premiere event in India, Honda not only announced the fourth-generation Honda City, but also the new 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine that will give it power. The new model will be launched in January 2014, but pre-bookings in the country have already begun. India is one of the key strategic markets for Honda, and was chosen to lead the global production of the new Honda City as diesel engines are gaining popularity throughout the country. The new model will eventually be sold in over 60 markets (including the U.S.), helping to expand the Honda brand around the world. It adopts Honda's new 'global operation reform' to find the best combination of vehicle speed, affordability, and low CO2 emissions. With the addition of the new diesel engine, the Honda City sedan will deliver great fuel efficiency, without sacrificing on performance. Honda's new "H-Design" will be showcased on the all-new Honda City sedan, making it the first model in India to adopt the new design concept. The new model is set to be the most spacious and comfortable City model to be produced, and will introduce the Layered Floating Cockpit that promises a sense of refinement. "There has been very high anticipation amongst the Honda loyalists who have been eagerly waiting for the 4th Generation City and introduction of Diesel in the model. We are sure that the car will further strengthen the bond with our esteemed customers, said Hironori Kanayama, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd., in a recent statement. The new model, related to the Honda Fit, is a good indication for what buyers can expect to see on U.S. shores. Although there is no official news on when the new model will make its way to America, we can expect the all-new Honda City sedan in the U.S. in a year or so. Source: Honda
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